The Nature of Man

1. How was man made? Gen.2:7. What part was made of dust? The body. What was added to the body? The breath of life. What resulted? A living soul. See Note 1. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

NOTE 1.”The expression, ‘living soul,’ as used is Genesis, is often taken to indicate an order of being superior to the brute, and is the text of many an argument to prove the immortality of the soul. The incorrectness of this assumption will be readily seen by referring to Gen. 1:20, 21, 24, and elsewhere, in which passages the words translated ‘living soul’ are applied also to the entire lower creation. They are used indifferently of man and beast to express animal life in general; and it is in this light the apostle uses them [1 Cor. 15:45], as the very course of his argument shows. Adam is spoken of as a living soul, not to prove his immortality, but rather his mortality.” Dr. J. P. Lange’s Commentary on 1 Cor. 15:45.

2. What three parts make up the entire man? 1 Thess. 5:23. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. To what did man become subject as a consequence of sin? Gen. 2:16, 17, Rom. 5:12, Eze. 18:4. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. With this death waiting for each, what is man’s nature? Mortal. Rom. 6:12- mortal body. 2 Cor. 4:11 -mortal flesh. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5. To what is this mortal life compared? James 4:14- a vapor. Ps. 78:39 – a wind that cometh not again. Job 14:2 – a shadow. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

6. How only can mortals have immortal life? 2 Tim. 1:10, John 10:10. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

7. What then ought we to seek? Rom. 2:7. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8. When will immortality be given? 1 Cor. 15:51-54. See Note 2. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

NOTE 2. Herodotus, a Greek historian, born B. C.484, regarded as the first and one of the most reliable of profane historians,says: “The Egyptians also were the first who asserted the doctrine that the soul of man is immortal.” — Herodotus, Euter. 2, par. 123.

9. When does the trumpet sound that raises the dead and changes the living? 1 Thess. 4:16, 17. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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